Sunday Scriptures — Run To Jesus For Protection

In many of the movies I’ve seen depicting a military war zone, there was an alert soldier guarding the perimeter of camp to protect those inside. At the sound of sticks snapping or leaves rustling, the soldier would shout out, “Halt! Who goes there?”

If the reply was from a friendly then all was well, and he was admitted into the safety of the camp. If the reply was from the enemy, a fight ensued.

I was thinking about this scenario the other day when I considered the things that try to enter my camp and destroy me. Discouragement. Anxious thoughts. Pain. Fatigue…Things which the enemy is intent on lobbing like a grenade into my productivity, peace and pleasure.

Perhaps you deal with similar struggles. The day is going well until you receive a phone call that puts you into a tail spin. You plan a pleasant outing with friends but old wounds are opened and left to bleed out. The doctor’s report is anything but encouraging and you don’t know what your next step should be.

Something I am trying to put into practice is to entrust my day to Jesus. We need to be alert to those things that crop up and threaten to undo us. We need to hand them to Jesus as soon as we recognize them. When Satan’s lies bombard, we need to yell, “Halt!” Then immediately ask Jesus to put his hands over our ears so the deceiver’s venom can’t reach our brain and destroy.

We have to choose Jesus’ protection. Choose him as the guard of our camp to keep the enemy’s destruction out. We need to take refuge behind the walls of Jesus’ security and run to his open arms of protection.

If the enemy is trying to sneak his way into the safety of your camp, would you join me in telling him to halt! and ask Jesus to protect you?

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God Most High, have pity on me! Have mercy. I run to you for safety. In the shadow of your wings, I seek protection till danger dies down. Psalm 57:1

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Keep Our Eyes On Jesus

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

While the island of Santorini Greece is a marvel to behold, I found it can also create unsettling situations. One such experience being the bus ride from Fira to Oia.

Santorini is what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption approximately 3600 years ago created the caldera in its center. The ensuing tsunami from the eruption is thought to be responsible for the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, some 68 miles to the south. The central lagoon of the caldera is surrounded by 980 feet high steep cliffs on three sides. Buildings on the island cling precariously to the sides of the island overlooking the lagoon.

And this is where the bus ride comes in. Most roads on Santorini also cling precariously to the cliffs they are built on.

On boarding the bus for my ride from Fira to Oia, I slid down the bench seat and found myself pinned next to the window. Fortunate for me, I thought. Better view, I thought. Until we left Fira and started the uphill climb to Oia.

I looked out the window to my right and gasped. Oh, no, I thought.

Nothing separated me and the rest of the bus riders from tumbling over the side of the road and plunging to our deaths. I’m not exaggerating.

Nothing except the bus driver, that is.

The way I saw it, the man behind the wheel knew what he was doing. At least I hoped he did. He knew just how close he could get to the edge of the road without careening off it. So, instead of looking at the potential danger to my right, I decided to look straight ahead. At the bus driver.

He delivered us safely to Oia, and even got us back to Fira in one piece. On the return trip, I once again found myself next to the window. This time, however, my view was of the rock wall next to the road we were pressed against.

How many times in life do we look out the window and only see the steep drop-off of the cliff we’re on? The job uncertainties. The health concerns. Financial worries. Relationship disasters. Addictions we can’t seem to beat.

Instead of staring at the scary stuff, perhaps our eyes need to be turned to the bus driver. The one who has it all under control. The one who knows where he’s taking us. The one who isn’t about to let us fall. The one who will bring us safely to our destination.

Jesus.

In the story of the Apostle Peter when he walked on the water to meet Jesus, he did fine until he saw the storm he was in, and took his eyes off his LORD. Same with us.

We do fine as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, so what say that’s where we keep them?

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But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Matthew 14:30 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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